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Democracy Now! Friday, March 26, 2010


Published March 26, 2010


Today's Headlines

* Congress Approves Final Healthcare Provisions
* Sen. Sanders Praises Expansion of Primary Healthcare
* Report: 1,700 Corporations Lobbied on Healthcare
* Suspicious White Powder Sent to Office of Rep. Weiner
* Conservative Think Tank Fires Former Bush Speech Writer
* Student Loan Package Passed in Congress
* GOP Blocks Jobless Benefits Bill
* Obama to Announce New Program to Help Homeowners
* Pope Faces Increasing Criticism in Sexual Abuse Scandals
* Indonesian Human Rights Groups Call on Army to Stop Denying Assassination Report
* US-Israel Agree to $250M Arms Deal
* Rights Group Criticizes Arrest of Venezuelan Critics
* Last Decade Was Warmest on Record
* Regulators Reject Entergy’s Effort to Spin Off Nuclear Power Plants
* Student President Vetoes UC Berkeley Divestment Resolution

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Juan Gonzalez: NY Pays 230 “Consultants” $722M Per Year for Computer Project 7 Years Behind Schedule

In a cover story for the New York Daily News, Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez reports New York City is “paying some 230 ‘consultants’ an average salary of $400,000 a year for a computer project that is seven years behind schedule and vastly over budget. The payments continue despite Mayor Bloomberg’s admission the computerized timekeeping and payroll system—called CityTime—is ‘a disaster.’” [includes rush transcript]
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Congress OKs Final Changes to Healthcare Overhaul

Congress has approved a package of final changes to the landmark healthcare overhaul. The House of Representatives put the finishing touches on the bill Thursday night after the Senate approved the package on a 56-43 vote. The reconciliation package does not include a public insurance option, though backers of the plan said they will work to see it implemented in follow-up legislation.
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A Look at Arne Duncan’s VIP List of Requests at Chicago Schools and the Effects of his Expansion of Charter Schools in Chicago

When President Obama’s Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, was the head of Chicago’s Public Schools, his office kept a list of powerful, well-connected people who asked for help getting certain children into the city’s best public schools. The list—long kept confidential—was disclosed this week by the Chicago Tribune. We speak with the Chicago Tribune reporter who broke the story and with two Chicago organizers about Duncan and his aggressive plan to expand charter schools.
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Labor Struggle in Boron: Union Workers in CA Town Locked Out by Mining Giant Rio Tinto After Stalled Contract Talks

The California mining town of Boron is the site of the second-largest borax mine in the world. A labor struggle is unfolding between some 600 workers represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 30 and the Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto. Workers at the mine have been locked out of their workplace for nearly two months after contract negotiations with Rio Tinto hit a stalemate. We talk to one of the locked-out workers and a spokesman of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.


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